A Multi-accredited Design and Decorating Training Facility

Chapters Academy is a boutique, privately owned academy specialising in design education in Southern Africa.  We are geared to nurture creative and innovative design thinkers by providing benchmark public and industry training programmes, and are committed to elevating the decorating and design industry through: Education | Accreditation | Conversion

Chapters offers vocational decorating courses taught by professional decorators and passionate industry professionals, who are qualified in their respective fields and have extensive industry experience they can draw from to share with our students. Whether you are an individual or a business, a hobbyist or someone looking to start a new business venture – we offer modules and courses that will help you discover your personal style, hone your skills and help you make every interior design a work of art.

The training received from Chapters will ultimately equip students with the essential skills and confidence to build a successful career as a professional decorator in the design industry anywhere in the world.

Chapters is the only Decorating & Design Training Facility in Southern Africa to have been recognised and approved by a global body, in addition to being locally accredited.

Short Courses and Workshops

Short Courses

  1. Level 1 Foundation
  2. Level 2 Intermediate
  3. Level 3 Advanced
  4. Workshops

Industry Training

We offer internationally accredited design and décor courses and modules for industry and trade professionals.

Contact us for more information and a tailor made proposal

Higher Certificate in Interior Decorating

This 1 year course will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to flourish in the interior design industry.

Launching in 2019.

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There is always something new and interesting to learn in every lecture. The course presenters are generous with industry tips and tricks. I feel like an expert already!


Thank you so much for a very memorable Interior Decorating course.  I thoroughly enjoyed every Saturday morning with you ladies and yes…. I can truly admit to enjoying the homework portion too.  In having said that, I am extremely eager to put the all knowledge I have gained to practice in our home and hopefully (holding thumbs) followed by an exciting career in decorating.  Here is to a great new “Chapter” in my life. I would definitely recommend your course to anyone who has the same interest.


I have enjoyed the decor course at Chapters Interiors very much, every class and presentation was a new challenge and opportunity for me to learn and grow. My tutor was incredible and took the time to make sure that everyone understood. Her support and advice has assisted me on how to deal with clients and approach different situations in real life, which has given me the confidence to realise my dream of having a creative, fulfilling career as an Interior designer. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants a great platform to start from and to anyone who is curious and creative about interior design.


The course was very informative and most importantly very practical. The old adage of “you get what you put in” truly applied. The course material was rich, relevant and professionally delivered. The ideas presented were excellent and the materials were well organized. I especially liked the way the practical exercises were used to reinforce our learning of the concepts and our ability to retain and actually apply what we learned.


I highly recommend Chapters training programmes. Melanie's presentation skills are exceptional and she is always open to questions and ideas. Her examples are always current and on trend which is important in our industry.”

Dina Hermann
Operations Manager, Hertex South Africa

Chapters Academy has trained 86 of our sales advisors nationally. Owner, Melanie Ewings hands-on approach was integral to the success of the programme. Chapters Academy will be a continued partner to Italtile and a preferred specialist within the décor and interior design industry.